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How to use Hot Corners with the on-screen Accessibility Keyboard in macOS 12 Monterey

How to use Hot Corners with the on-screen Accessibility Keyboard in macOS 12 Monterey

For more information on using the Accessibility Keyboard, see our article How to use the on-screen Accessibility keyboard in macOS 12 Monterey.

For more information on using Dwell, see our article How to use Dwell with the on-screen Accessibility Keyboard in macOS 12 Monterey.

Short guide:

  1. Click the Options button in the top-right corner of the keyboard, then select Preferences.
  2. Select the Hot Corners tab
  3. Choose an action for each corner.
  4. When the Accessibility Keyboard is on, resting the pointer on the screen corners will enable the actions.

Before and after

Images illustrating a screen corner before and after Hot Corners have been enabled

This section gives you step by step instructions on how to use Hot Corners with the Accessibility Keyboard in macOS 12 Monterey, with pictures of the screens to help.

Open System Preferences

1. Click the Options button in the top-right corner of the Accessibility Keyboard, then select Preferences.

Open Hot Corners settings

2. Select the Hot Corners tab.

Choose actions for each corner

3. Select the drop-down menu for each corner and choose from:

  • (don’t use this corner)
  • Hide/Show Home Panel (the Accessibility Keyboard)
  • Toggle Dwell Pause
  • Left Click
  • Right Click
  • Double Click
  • Drag and Drop
  • Scroll menu
  • Options Menu

Move the accessibility Keyboard to a corner

4. If you have chosen Hide/Show Home Panel for one of the corners, the Accessibility Keyboard will move to the corner when it is used to show the keyboard. If you don’t want the keyboard to move, untick Panel Follows Hide/Show Home Panel.

Close System Preferences

5. When you are happy with your settings, select the Done button in the bottom right. Close System Preferences by clicking the Close button (red circle) in the top-left corner of the window or using the Cmd + W keyboard shortcut.

Using Hot Corners

6. To use Hot Corners, rest the pointer on the corner of the screen that corresponds to the action you wish to use. A white, triangular outline will appear and start to turn grey. This acts as a countdown – the action is only selected when the triangle turns completely grey.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If so, you will need to contact them to access these settings or for help.

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